Southern AZ veterans return home from Honor Flight - Tucson News Now

Southern AZ veterans return home from Honor Flight

Honor Flight returns to crowd at Tucson International Airport on Monday night.  (Source: Tucson News Now) Honor Flight returns to crowd at Tucson International Airport on Monday night. (Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Honor Flight Southern Arizona Facebook) (Source: Honor Flight Southern Arizona Facebook)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

World War II and Korean War veterans returned to Tucson after a three-day honor flight Monday evening.

Friends, family and community members were on hand to greet the veterans at Tucson International Airport upon their return. 

There were 17 WWII veterans and 8 Korean War veterans on the flight. Veterans said this trip was certainly a memorable and emotional one. 

Evelyn Carroll is a WWII Marine Corps veteran.

She said one of the most emotional parts of the trip was the visit to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. 

"It felt like if you went and you touched a statue of one of the soldiers, it would turn into a man," said Carroll. "They were that life like. And I just cried and cried and cried."

Veterans also said they did not expect to see the hundreds of people who came out to welcome them home. 

The next trip is scheduled for spring 2017. 

Friends, family and community members are expected to greet the veterans at Tucson International Airport upon their return. 

Honor Flight of Southern Arizona #22 left early Saturday, September 17.

This is the third honor flight this year. 

Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that offers trips for veterans at no cost. Veterans spend three days in Washington D.C, visiting the National WWII Memorial and the Korean Warn Veterans Memorial. 

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